VirtueMart 2 Workshop in Mallorca

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We want to enhance the support for VirtueMart users, so we joined Alexis Sotir & Daniel Dimitrov who organise workshops specially for joomla. The main idea of the VirtueMart workshop is that we want to help you to get your actual shop running. These workshops are not meant as frontal teaching with some lessons and exercises. We want that you directly apply your new knowledge to your own store. Configure your store directly with the help of two well known professionals in that area. For newcomers it is interesting, instead of paying an adminstrator, to do it yourself and support directly the VirtueMart Core developers. For professionals, it is interesting to fill all gaps of knowledge and for vm1 veterans, it is interesting to get the new features and workflows explained.

Additionally for everyone, we will have a good community time and we are such freaks, that we won't be able to stop talking about vm and joomla related stuff. The idea doing that in Mallorca and not in some big city is to lower distraction and to make the workshop a very intense learning event.

There will be two workshops Learn VirtueMart 2 Inside & Out of 16 hours each: one starting november 4th, 2011, and the other starting the november 7th, 2011.

There will be also workshops with Brian Teeman (building a Joomla web site) , Kristoffer Sandven (Blogging with Joomla), Peter van Westen (Joomla! Mastery), Daniel Dimitrov (Become a Joomla! developer).

The price includes accommodation, half-board and transport from pickup spot to venue and then back to the airport.

Accomodation VirtueMart 2 workshop

Virtuemart 2 RC 2 ready for download

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VirtueMart 2 Release Candidate 2 released,

A bit later then announced, we release today VirtueMart 2 RC2 (1.9.8). As easy to see on the statistics of http://www.ohloh.net/p/virtuemart, we reduced the codebase again. We redesigned all tables and use now the nooku conventions. We added more b2b capabilities. The RC2 should now also be hardened against SQL-Injection, XSS and code injection. VM2 is working with j1.6, but not designed for it, that means we do not activly use the new ACL features and simular.

Very interesting for veterans, which use virtuemart 1.1 is the migrator. It already imports the most important stuff. At some points it does not make sense to import old setting, because it would lead to a very bad configurated VirtueMart 2 shop and not using the new advantages and features. But it should be possible for small shops to migrate to vm2 within some hours.

The new release also contains already an update function done by akeeba release system, dont wonder that it shows you running virtuemart 1.9.8, the final should just get the number 2.0.0.

The new features as list:

  • For faster and more secure programming we use now more abstract classes.
  • Completly redesigned table layout.
  • Added hooks for plugins (own views, own customer number system, and so on,...), look in the wiki for more information http://dev.virtuemart.net/projects/virtuemart/wiki/Plugin_system
  • Added registering while checkout
  • New backend design
  • Hardened against hackers
  • New js (jQuery to avoid Mootools incompatibility problems)
  • Customfields for the computer/pizza configurator
  • Real multicurrency, real currency format defined by currency
  • Prices displaying configurable by shoppergroups (also rounding)
  • Various sorting and searching options
  • Update system using Akeeba Release System (ARS, more information akeebabackup.com/software/akeeba-release-system.html)

Migrator:

  • Migrate your pictures to VM2 by uploading them into the right directory and synchronize them
  • Migrate your vm1 users, shoppergroups, manufacturers, categories, products and orders.
  • Migration process is resuming

What is lacking from our perspective?

  • The migrator could be more enhanced (more options speed).
  • Adding more different kinds of calculation (quantitative discounts, progressive discounts, profit)
  • Using better joomla ACL system for j1.6/j1.7
  • Hide debug messages

The core is fully compatible to j1.5 and j1.6, but the modules does not work without glitches in j1.6 yet.

For translators it is now the right time to join the team and translate the language files.

updated Downloadlink: virtuemart1.9.8.RC2H_extract_first.zip

Virtuemart 2 Release Candidate ready for download

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The team is proud to announce the release candidate of VirtueMart 2.

 

Download VM2-RC

Download VM2-RC-Plugins/Modules All-in-one Installer (updated)

The Release Candidate contains a lot new features:

- Media Handler (multiple images)

- Custom Fields (replacing the old attributes, producttypes, variants,...)

- True Child Products in the sense of OOP (unpublished parents can be used as linked product pattern)

- Mail template system

- New Currency Formatting possibilities

- More Modules and Plugins

- New Admin Menu Layout

- Meta Tags

- More Filters and Search Options

- Completely Anonymous Checkout

- Revenue Report

- New Templates

 

VirtueMart 2.0 beta3 released

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Only a few days after the beta2 release, we decided to bring out a new beta again. Our release earlier this week contained too many issues for many people to test properly.

Of course this release is still not bugfree, have a look at our issueslist to see what bugs we are still working on. This beta contains no new features compared to beta2.

Joomla! 1.6 support

This is still a big issue. This release installs properly in Joomla! 1.6 (including the All-In-One module), but not everything has been tested in 1.6. We know there are many issues there, including the language strings, that will be solved in beta4. Also, the plugins doen't work yet, but nevertheless much of the functionality can be tested. Please report all issues you find in our forum.
Don't forget to tell us which Joomla! and PHP versions you are using!

Roadmap

A new roadmap will be made in the following weeks based upon the feedback we get on this release. We expect the next beta around the end of March.

Download

You can download the new release as a Joomla component install kit. The All-In-One module is available as a Joomla Module install kit:

 

Thanks to all of you for your feedback!